The MBM line consists of two models. Both MBM models are based on the arched-top super-Strat RGA body. Both feature active EMG pickups, a simple control setup eschewing a tone control and a special signature skull graphic.
The Prestige-level MBM1 was introduced for 2007. It has a mahogany body with a pearloid binding and a black finish with dual EMG humbucking pickups and a Gibraltar Plus fixed bridge. Controls consist only of a master volume knob and a 3-way pickup selector level. Other high-end features of this model include the Gotoh tuning machines.
The MBM2 was introduced in 2009 as essentially a mass-market version of the MBM1. It is quite similar to the MBM1 with the same body and graphic, the same pickups and the same controls. Differences include a 3-piece maple neck (instead of the MBM1's 5-piece maple and walnut), a Gibraltar Standard bridge and Ibanez tuners.
The MBM2 was offered in black with a white graphic (similar to the MBM1) for 2009. In 2010 the finish was changed to silver with black graphic.
Other models Edit
Besides his two signature models, Matt Bachand also used two custom SZ series guitars (one with a red finish, the other with a natural finish), featuring an EMG 81 in the bridge position and an EMG 60 or 85 in the neck position.
Bachand's departure Edit
Bachand left Ibanez after 2010 and both signature models were discontinued. He subsequently signed to endorse Legator guitars, which has produced a new signature model for him.